Apocalypse 10 lives - Learning resource files

James Corcoran

  • Nationality: British (Newfoundland)
  • Birth date: January 16, 1888
  • Family/social situation:

    From a family of whalers; Irish Catholic origin.

  • Occupation:

    Whaler, then soldier

Biographical elements of the character
Elements of the historical context
  • November 10, 1914

    Corcoran’s wharf, Port-aux-Basques, Newfoundland.
    James’s father tells him that men are being recruited in the village.

  • History of Newfoundland.

  • April 30, 1915

    Pleasantville Camp, St. John’s, Newfoundland.
    Waiting for their departure overseas, James and his half-Inuit sidekick, Little Honoré.

  • The Royal Newfoundland Regiment. 

  • May 8, 1915

    In the North Atlantic, aboard the SS Florizel.
    The ship is attacked by a U-Boat. 


  • The advent of U-Boats (for Unterseeboot, submarine in German). The war at sea.

  • May 25, 1915

    At Stobs Camp near Hawick, Scotland.
    Reviewing the troops; altercation with Monroe, the British officer in charge.

  • The Irish problem. The British Empire under George V. Colonial troops, Sikh regiments.

  • September 22, 1915

    Dardanelles Straits, Suvla Bay, Turkey.
    A surprise attack by Turkish troops led by Mustapha Kemal.

  • Strategic position of the Dardanelles. Gallipoli. Pasha Mustapha Kemal. General Ian Hamilton.

  • January 18, 1916

    At the Bar of the Seven Deserts, Alexandria, Egypt.
    James meets Derya, an archaeologist.

  • Orientalism in vogue in Europe. The North-African campaign.

  • January 30, 1916

    Beach at Port Said, Egypt.
    James bivouacs with his regiment.


  • Lawrence of Arabia. Female spies.

  • July 1, 1916

    Combat zone of Beaumont-Hamel, the Somme, France.
    In the trenches, James and Little Honoré prepare to attack. Little Honoré is killed in front of his powerless friend.

  • The Battle of the Somme. Trench warfare.